Dr. Gregory J. Laughery and Elizabeth R. Laughery and Family
Greg came to L'Abri as a student in 1980, staying on as a staff worker from 1981-1984. He then studied theology in London from 1984-1987. Greg and Lisby married in 1985 and returned to Switzerland in 1987. Greg took a job with Prudential Bache Securities in Geneva before he and Lisby came back to Huémoz to work with L'Abri in 1988. Greg has a Master's degree in New Testament and a PhD in Theology/Hermeneutics, both from Swiss Universities. His doctoral thesis has been published: Living Hermeneutics in Motion: An Analysis and Evaluation of Paul Ricoeur's Contribution to Biblical Hermeneutics, University Press of America, 2002. He has also been involved with the influential Scripture and Hermeneutics Consultations.
Other publications include: Living Reflections: Theology, Philosophy, and Hermeneutics, Destinee, 2010 -||- Living Spiritual Rhythms Today, Destinee, 2009 -||- “Sculpting in Time: The Drama of A Narrative-Based Hermeneutical Approach to the Early Chapters of Genesis,” Evangelical Quarterly, 2011 -||- “Interpreting Science and Scripture: Genesis 1-3,” European Journal of Theology, 2009 -||- Living Apocalypse: A Revelation Reader and A Guide for the Perplexed, Destinee, 200 -||- Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path, Destinee, 2006 -||- “Scripture, Science, and Hermeneutics,” European Journal of Theology, 2006 -||- “Evangelicalism and Philosophy,” in: The Future of Evangelicalism, IVP, 2003 -||- “Ricoeur on History, Fiction and Biblical Hermeneutics,” in: Behind the Text, Zondervan, 2003 -||- “Language at the Frontiers of Language,” in: After Pentecost, Zondervan, 2001.
Lisby has lived in Switzerland her whole life. She attended Swiss schools beginning with the little village school in Huémoz and going on to the "collège" and the "gymnase" where she majored in modern languages. She also studied art and literature at the University of Lausanne before going on to complete a teacher's training degree. L'Abri has always been part of her life and in 1988 she joined the staff. In the midst of caring for the children she enjoys having students in for meals and discussion. Her interests include art, literature, film, music, education and psychology.
Richard and Karen Bradford
Richard and Karen Bradford were married in 1994 in British Columbia Canada. They have two children: Alexis 6 and Simon 3. They live and work in Chalet Bourdonnette.
Richard was born in Toronto and raised in a number of places around Southern Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Trinity Western University and his Masters degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Richard spent quite a few years painting houses before completing his education. He returned with his family in January 2000 and he and Karen became workers in January 2001.
Karen was born and raised in SalmonArm British Columbia. Karen has completed a number of college diploma courses. She graduated in 1988 from a two year diploma course in Leisure and Recreation Management, then in 1991 she completed a diploma in Long Term Care Aid, and then finally in 1994 she graduated with a diploma as a registered massage therapist. For three years she ran her own massage therapy clinic in Vancouver. She attended Swiss L’Abri as a student in 1993 and returned with Richard, Alexis and Simon in January 2000.
Karryn is Australian and Irish by nationality. She was brought up in Brisbane, Queensland Australia and has also lived in the U.S., Sydney and Far North Queensland. She completed a Diploma of Teaching Art and English and later, a Bachelor of Arts (applied linguistics and psychology) at the University of Queensland and a Post Graduate Degree in further education studies. Karryn has had experience with many different types of jobs including Art Teaching, English as a Second Language teaching, bookkeeping, and running a restaurant. In 1995 she lived for 6 months in New Delhi, India, working with a Christian Drug and Alcohol respite Community. She was also involved in an inner-city Christian community for many years in Brisbane which was particularly involved with local minority groups such as people with mental illnesses living in local boarding houses, Aboriginal people, refugees, migrants and asylum seekers
Karryn is also a visual artist and has had exhibitions in Brisbane. She intends to keep pursuing her art and will continue to exhibit.
She came to L’Abri as a student in 2002 and now lives and works in Chalet Chesalet.